Sebastian Vettel stated Formulation One was fortunate to keep away from “a distinct final result” when Lando Norris crashed out of qualifying in moist situations in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.
Vettel was livid qualifying was allowed to proceed when it began to rain heavier at the beginning of Q3 and radioed his Aston Martin crew that the session needs to be red-flagged as a result of quantity of standing water on the circuit.
Shortly after his message, McLaren driver Norris misplaced management of his automobile on the method to the uphill Eau Rouge nook and crashed closely into the obstacles.
When advised of the crimson flag on the time, Vettel stated on the radio: “Yeah? Nicely what the f– did I say? What did I say!? Pink flags! Pointless.”
Vettel was the subsequent automobile by Eau Rouge and he slowed alongside Norris’ wrecked automobile to verify the English driver was OK, with each drivers giving one another a thumbs up.
Norris climbed out of his automobile and reported he was OK, though he has been despatched to hospital for X-rays to his elbow, which he was holding as he walked away from the automobile.
Vettel, who stated he spoke to FIA race director Michael Masi after the session, stated F1 wanted to do a greater job in such conditions.
“I believe Michael” [Masi] will not be happy with what occurred both,” Vettel advised Sky Sports activities.
“It is at all times simple to play Captain Hindsight. I believe we have to discover a manner that we hear extra to the knowledge that now we have. Contained in the storage, it’s totally restricted, it is like looking of a window. Three kilometers that manner, I’ve no clue.
“After I went right down to Eau Rouge and up the hill, it was lots of water and was calling for a crimson flag. The reality is, the session shouldn’t have began in any respect. So I believe the folks that have been standing on the Kemmel Striaght, they have been within the rain and possibly we must always have listened to these.”
When requested if he was offended at Masi for not stopping the session, Vettel stated: “Indignant… I believe it’s totally troublesome to [be]… it is at all times simple afterwards.
“However the principle factor is that we discovered from what occurred. It might have been a distinct final result with the crash. I believe we have been fortunate that nothing dangerous occurred.”
Vettel added that he felt “large” reduction when Norris signaled that he was OK instantly after the crash.
Vettel felt Norris was powerless to do stop the crash within the situations.
“There have been issues we might have executed higher, it is higher to be protected one time too many than one time too little,” Vettel stated.
“It is good that nothing occurred, that is the principle information, however it might’ve been a distinct final result for Lando. I am undecided there’s something he might’ve executed.
“After all, we’re in management and you’ll say ‘should you really feel unsafe, field.’ However it’s type of a bizarre state of affairs as a result of everyone seems to be in the identical state of affairs and you do not wish to get kicked out [of qualifying], you wish to progress. That call should not solely be as much as us.
“We delayed the session at the beginning when there was much less water so I am not solely positive why we simply did not begin the session. As I stated, it is at all times simple [to say] afterwards, however the principle factor is it would not occur once more.”